Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mist Over the Hills

“Mist Over the Hills”            Pastel             5” x 7”       $50       © Sharon Lewis
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            We’re going to be traveling to Scotland soon so I’ve been practicing painting scenes from this beautiful country to make sure that I’m bringing the right pastel colors with me. I’ve been reminded that it seems there’s every shade of green in the landscape as well as many, many greys with the frequent mists and rain. Although I won’t have that much time to paint, I’m really looking forward to painting on location for even a small painting brings back so many more memories than photographs do.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Perfect Summer Day

“A Perfect Summer Day”              Pastel               12" x 16"              $200           ©Sharon Lewis
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            It really was a perfect summer day. The sun was shining, there were cool breezes, and we had this magnificent view. Who could ask for anything more?
             Happy Almost Weekend!

Friday, July 7, 2017

After the Hurricane

"After the Hurricane"                         Pastel                          11" x 11"                            $135                    ©Sharon Lewis
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             We set off for an island hoping the hurricane would miss us as predicted. It certainly wasn’t the smartest move we’ve ever made but it worked out fine. We had beautiful weather, a wonderful time, and spectacular waves to watch for a day or two.
            Happy Weekend!

Friday, June 30, 2017


"Sun-lit"                  Pastel                                                                              5" x 7"         $50       © Sharon Lewis
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Every once and a while when you’re painting outside, you get really lucky and for a very brief moment, the sun lights up the clouds and they just glow with beautiful colors. I painted this as quickly as I could during one of those lucky moments.
Hope you see some beautiful colors this holiday weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017


"Waves"                     Pastel                 5" x 7"                   $50                       © Sharon Lewis
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    I've been trying to capture waves painting plein air which isn't easy. I have a new appreciation for the different forms that waves take. Today's attempt was painted from the edge of a cliff trying to keep my easel (weighted down by rocks) from blowing over in the strong wind. I love painting the ocean!

Thursday, June 15, 2017


“Translucence”            Pastel                9” x 12”              $100             © Sharon Lewis
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            I’m back from an amazing international art conference in Albuquerque (IAPS). For 5 wonderful days, I was surrounded by hundreds of very talented, generous, and fun artists. I was in heaven! I took classes with artists, Doug Dawson, Alan Flattman, Nancie King Mertz, and Kathleen Newman. I learned something new from each one. I was also fortunate to be able to take a workshop from the very talented artist and excellent teacher, Jeanne Rosier Smith. Jeanne imbues her paintings of waves with drama, light, and color. They’re absolutely beautiful! Her workshop was full of useful tips and I’m impressed with how kind and patient she was with everyone in our workshop. The painting above is the one I painted in her workshop.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Restless as a Young Heart

“Reckless as a Young Heart”      Pastel      5” x 7”     $50     © Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve been painting waves in anticipation of my upcoming workshop and it’s been so interesting to study all the variations in light and color that you can see in water as it rises in waves. I’ve also re-discovered some amazing poetry about the sea which is where I turn when I can’t think of an interesting title. This particular title comes from a wonderful poem by Carl Sandburg.  He wrote: “The sea is never still. It pounds on the shore, restless as a young heart, hunting.” See “Young Sea” for the full version of the poem.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Song of Summer

“Song of Summer”           Oil            9” x 12”        $130         © Sharon Lewis
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To me the song of summer is not just the sounds of the birds singing outside my window, (though I love that sound) it is the sounds I don’t hear…like alarms going off to wake me up, the angry horns on traffic-congested roads, or anxious voices looking for solace or reassurance. I’m so looking forward to the time to savor the simplicity of a beautiful sky, majestic mountains, and cold, clear blue water.
Hoping you hear the song of summer soon.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New England Refuge

“New England Refuge”        Pastel          10” x 10”          $125           © Sharon Lewis
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            It’s been raining here almost nonstop for days and so it was a relief to focus on a painting of a perfect sunny, summer day spent up north. We had gotten a little warm while we were hiking when we luckily discovered this perfect stream hidden in the woods. We soon were wading in and cooling off in an idyllic, restful spot. The only sounds heard were that of the birds in the trees up above and the water running over the rocks, in my mind, the perfect refuge.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Bit of Fun

“A Bit of Fun”           Oil               6” x 6”             $75               ©Sharon Lewis
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            For some reason, I got it into my head that I wanted to paint Gumby and Pokey, something from my childhood, long, long ago. It’s been fun and funny to paint a subject like this that symbolizes the imagination and innocence of children; a time when anything was possible and the good creatures always won. I’ve found myself laughing as I painted these two figures and am already planning future paintings as I am now the proud owner of a whole clan of Gumbys! Stay tuned for more in the Gumby, Pokey series.
            Hope you find an opportunity for imagination and laughter this weekend!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beach Study #2

"Beach Study #2"    Pastel      2.5” x 3.5”    $20  © Sharon Lewis
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I’m on my way to see my “baby” daughter graduate from Northwestern University Law School and I’m so proud of her! I’m also so excited because I will see both of my children on Mother’s Day for the first time in years!
I’m wishing all the mothers that I know, a restful, relaxing weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Storm Clouds Gathering

“Storm Clouds Gathering”           Pastel           12” x 16”          $200            © Sharon Lewis
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            Little did I know when I selected this painting to post this week, that it would be storming today in Georgia. This painting is of a place I love visiting each year called Bailey Island, ME. I can stand in the back yard there and paint quick studies of cloud formations that gather and then dissipate. Can’t wait to visit and paint there again!
            Hoping you enjoy beautiful weather and a Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Going Crackers

“Going Crackers”        Oil            10” x 8”           $100           © Sharon Lewis
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            What a perfect phrase to describe the end of the academic year for both faculty and students! Apparently, it’s British slang for going insane. Hmmmm…..after grading for hours I believe it’s an apt description of me. And I have the perfect painting to go along with the feeling!
            If something or someone is driving you crackers, hang in there. The weekend is coming and hopefully also some rest and relaxation.
            Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mad About Tulips

“Mad About Tulips”          Oil        10” x 8”          $100   © Sharon Lewis
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Eventually I’ll stop painting tulips….at least for a while. The problem is they come in so many beautiful colors! Every time I think I’m ready to stop painting them for this season, I see another bouquet of tulips, different from the bunch I bought last week. And as a tonic for long, long hours of work this time of year, they’re hard to beat!
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Spring/Passover/Easter!

“Small Wonders II”        Pastel           8” x 10”           SOLD          © Sharon Lewis

            There’s something so exciting about the promise of new life…whether it’s in the form of a friend expecting her next child or the various nests I’ve noticed being built around my house. It reminds me not to lose sight of the positive, beautiful things all around me.
            Wishing you a Happy Spring/Passover/Easter!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seeking the Light

“Seeking the Light”        Oil            10” x 10”          $125         © Sharon Lewis
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I think that tulips should be symbols of persistence and optimism. They start as bulbs in the dark and cold ground, and in the midst of this darkness, they twist and turn up through the soil, persistently and optimistically seeking light. Maybe a lesson for us all to stay optimistic, seek the light, and add something beautiful to the world?
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dressed to Kill

“Dressed to Kill”         Oil          10” x 10”          $125         © Sharon Lewis
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            This was a fun subject to paint and really got me thinking about both the fun and the pain associated with women’s fashion. I love the different colors and textures you find in women’s clothes and shoes and how we don’t have to wear essentially the same thing every day. I love novelty! However, I was wondering how we ever developed a trend that encouraged women to hobble in pain in incredibly high-heeled shoes just to be fashionable.
            A brief review online of the origins of high heels reminded me that they were previously worn by both men and women and were often associated with status. What I didn’t know was that they were also used by men in Persia (now Iran) to secure their feet to their stirrups so that they could ride and shoot arrows from their horses. Then apparently, the heels caught on with aristocrats such as King Louis XIV. He used them to increase his short stature (5’4”), and restricted the wearing of red heels (his favorite) only to those in his court. Over time, men’s shoes became more practical and women’s shoes went in the opposite direction. Maybe it’s time to give them back to men?
            Have a happy and comfortable weekend!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beauty in Diversity

“Beauty in Diversity”         Pastel           10” x 10”             $125     © Sharon Lewis
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One of the many reasons I love tulips is their diversity. They change shape as the flower ages (kind of like us) and they come in a variety of beautiful and different colors (also like us). In addition, they remind us of the joys of spring bringing new life, new beginnings, and gorgeous, cheerful colors like these.
The graceful arrangement of these tulips is entirely due to the artistic skill of the very talented artist, Karen Appleton. She challenged us recently in our oils class, to paint these particular flowers using palette knives instead of brushes. The painting here was done with pastels but I will share the oil painting of these flowers with you sometime soon. All I will say now is that for me, it was really, really challenging to paint with palette knives but also a lot of fun. 
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

By the Stream

“By the Stream”      Pastel        11” x 14”        $150     ©Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve borrowed the title for this painting from the poem, “By the Stream” by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. The first few lines are: “By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass, How the clouds like crowds of snowy-hued and white-robed maidens pass, And the water into ripples breaks and sparkles as it spreads…” (Click here for the rest of the poem.). This seems to be such a wonderful way of describing this beautiful scene I saw one summer though maybe the clouds are more “golden-hued” and “lavender” robed maidens.
            Hoping a little beauty comes your way.  Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Beach Study

Beach Study #3          Oil              5” x 7”            $50  © Sharon Lewis

            I was lucky enough to visit the beach last weekend and took advantage of the opportunity to paint the ocean and sky from life. It was a windy day when I tried to paint an impression of sweeping clouds and choppy waves. Waves of course are hard to paint exactly from life but I find if I keep studying them, I can notice enough to convey at least an impression of them.
            Happy Weekend!